Abstain from strife, and you shall reduce sin.
Volume 3, page 177
Wycliffe Early Version
Absteyne thee fro strijf, and thou schalt abregge synnes.
Wycliffe Later Version
Abstene thee fro strif, and thou shall lassen synnes.
Wycliffe forms and reference: abregge, to make short; Ecclesiasticus 28:10;
p.p. abreged, Matthew 24:22;
pr.p. abreggynge, Romans 9:28;
breggid, abreggyng, an abridging, Isaiah 10:22-23; 28:22.
Modern form: abridge
Modern senses: to diminish, reduce, shorten, lessen.
Middle English abregen from Anglo-French abreger.
Late Latin abbreviare from Latin ad- and brevis, short. Please compare brief.
If her skill was taken for supernatural, the world may never have seen her original handwriting. Feel welcome to Poems by Emily Dickinson prepared for print by Teresa Pelka: thematic stanzas, notes on the Greek and Latin inspiration, the correlative with Webster 1828, and the Aristotelian motif, “Things perpetual — these are not in time, but in eternity”.
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